Manor House Lindley Wins Civic Society’s Annual Design Awards

Published 2nd Oct 2020 by Emma Sinfield

Manor House, Lindley has been named as the winner of Huddersfield Civic Society’s annual Design Awards 2019 for BEST REFURBISHMENT. Manor House and the University’s Barbara Hepworth Building are among a number of developments that have received trophies in the Huddersfield Civic Society’s Annual Design Awards.

The presentation of the awards, delayed as a result of the current pandemic, were presented on site following an invitation for both HCS Members and the general public to nominate which buildings they felt deserved recognition for their architectural, heritage and design excellence. Society Chairman, David Wyles, and former Chairman, Chris Marsden, judged an impressive range of projects in early February 2020.

Manor House, 1 Lidget Street, Lindley

Formerly owned by Kirklees Council, this Grade II listed building had been left semi-derelict when interior designer, Sara Presley purchased it and converted it into an 11 bedroom hotel with restaurant, fitness and reception facilities. Sara’s vision is apparent both externally and internally. The fabric of the main building has been carefully restored and cleaned, retaining the elegant Georgian detailing with sympathetic restoration work to the former stables and outbuildings. This is further enhanced by charming and appropriate landscaping. The interior provides glitz and luxurious fittings, wholly appropriate for this standard of hotel and, without doubt, a valuable addition to Huddersfield’s visitor facilities.

A superb conversion and deservedly a gold award winner in the region’s 2019 White Rose Tourism Awards. Restoration and enhancement of heritage features to this important building within the Lindley area is matched by internal furnishings and fixtures, which demonstrate personal attention and an acumen for interior design.

The Examiner Readers’ Award, chosen from nominations received from the general public, was presented to the University and AHR Architects for the dramatic Barbara Hepworth Building, about which the judges said, ‘it is a stunning structure that adds a distinctive quality to the attractions of the university campus’.


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